Asian shares mostly higher with all eyes on Trump-Kim summit
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday but little changed as market players tried to digest the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 was up 0.3 percent in early trading at 22,867.41. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was also up nearly 0.3 percent at 6,061.30. South Korea’s Kospi was virtually unchanged at 2,468.37 after fluctuating earlier in the day. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng’s rose 0.2 percent to 31,120.23, while the Shanghai Composite index recouped earlier losses to be up less than 0.1 percent at 3,054.22.
WALL STREET: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.78 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 25,322.31. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.97 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,782.00 and the Nasdaq composite rose 14.41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,659.93.
SUMMIT WATCH: Investors have been waiting for the meeting between Trump and Kim, aimed at settling a standoff over the North’s nuclear arsenal. Trump and Kim shook hands warmly in Singapore and then moved into a roughly 40-minute one-on-one meeting, joined only by their interpreters, before including their advisers. North Korea has reportedly said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.
CENTRAL BANKS: The Federal Reserve will start a two-day meeting on interest rates on Tuesday, wrapping up on Wednesday. Investors expect the nation’s central bank to raise interest rates from their current level of 1.75 percent to 2 percent, but most attention will be on how many rate hikes Fed officials are considering doing later this year. On Friday, the Bank of Japan is due to give its latest policy update.
ANALYST’S TAKE: “Deal or no deal? Just don’t ask what comprises a ‘deal’ and we are fine. At the risk of sounding a tad frivolous, that appears to be the truth of the matter,” said Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in Singapore of the Trump-Kim summit.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 3 cents to $66.13 a barrel. It was up 36 cents to $66.10 per barrel Monday in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 9 cents to $76.37 per barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 110.24 yen from 109.48 yen late Monday in Asia. The euro fell to $1.1769 from $1.1799.
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